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Hunting Party

von Elizabeth Moon

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Reihen: The Serrano Legacy (1)

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After she is forced to resign her post in disgrace, Herris Serrano takes a job as "captain" of an interstellar luxury yacht and finds herself fighting a bunch of cutthroats, smugglers, and others.
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I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction novels especially if they are long and have several books in the series. I really enjoy a series of books that I can immerse myself in and I first picked up an Elizabeth Moon novel because it was long and part of a multi-novel series. I continue to read her books because I find them engrossing and highly enjoyable. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
See book 7, Against the Odds
  Maddz | May 2, 2021 |
Moon, Elizabeth. Hunting Party. Serrano Legacy No. 1. Baen, 1993.
The Serrano Legacy is a seven-book series first published between 1993 and 2000. It is classic adventure space opera that strongly resembles the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold’s series feature several memorable women characters, but in Moon’s work strong women play the most important roles. In Hunting Party, we meet the series lead, Heris Serrano, a spaceship captain who resigns her commission under pressure and takes a job captaining a yacht for Lady Cecelia, a famous 80-year-old equestrian. Together, they engage in enough military and political action to power the series. The interstellar empire of this series seems vaguely Victorian, with several other kinds of governments on its borders. There are several subplots, but the title alludes to the 1924 short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.” A rogue general and his paying guests hunt convicts for sport. Moon, like Bujold, is an excellent storyteller, and her characters are lively enough that we happily revisit them in later novels. ( )
  Tom-e | Jan 15, 2021 |
Heris Serrano has left the space navy in the trail of a scandal but luckily gotten a civilian job, to ship an old eccentric woman between planets. It means a ridiculous uniform, but it's a job. That is how the story starts, and what follows is an adventure including Serrano, the elderly employer and her nephew with friends.

This is an early book from Elizabeth Moon but a lot of ingredients are there. Military, powerful women, equality. Space. It's just not packaged as cleanly as in later books. There are sections of the book that are less interesting and there are some characters that are a little too hard to believe. Still, not a bad book, just not as good as the Paks novels or the Vatta novels. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Starts well, but loses direction in the middle when it could have been quite good with a bit more tidying up, and then ends slightly unsatisfactorily.

Heris, our heroine has resigned her commission in the military, and taken employment as a captain on a luxury yacht, ferrying a rich old women between planets. The first port of call is to be as part of a pseudo fox-hunting party hosted by another eccentric on his own planet. Heris is dismissive of the complacencies that civilian crews take with safety regulations and appalled at the slovenly attitude present in this ship. However despite the owner's nephews, Heris feels a connection with the her. and admires the spirit that knows she can get what she wants. Trouble with the thoroughly spoiled nephews follows all the way to the hunting planet, but there Heris manages to put her former troubles behind her, and enjoy the horsemanship. Whether the reader does or not will depend on your view of horses. Heris' troubles haven't left her behind though, and she soon finds there is more happening on this world than just aristocrats amusing themselves with their peculiar hobbies.

I wasn't that keen on the fascination with fox hunting, it was never clear just how artificial the foxes were, but the implication was that they were real animals, gene edited to resemble foxes, which doesn't make hunting them any less cruel, and the unnecessary danger to the horses any more excusable. However my biggest problem was with the uneven writing and random choppy switches of POV to minor characters. Heris forms the majority of the prose, with interjections from the owner, and between them these work quite well. However throughout the middle and especially the ending portions we get very short excerpts from the various nephews, their friends and even just briefly the antagonists. None of which aid the plot in any means, and all serve to distract the focus and and any empathy we may have felt for Heris and the owner.

The rest of the plotting and worldbuilding was quite fun, and Heris is an interesting heroine. I can probably overlook the hunting as a hook on which to base the story, but the irritating intrusion of minor characters prevents this from being as good as it could have been. I may read one more of the series to see if it improves. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 30, 2018 |
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In memory of Iola Jamerson Norris 1913-1990, and Lida Sloan Moon, 1911-1992, my mother and my mother-in-law. Two women who proved with their lives, and in their children, that single parents can be good parents, and that 'values' are more than campaign slogans. They lived what other preach. And for all the single parents, past and present, whose hard work and good values have been slandered by those who never faced the problems they face.
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Heris Serrano went from her room in the small but respectable dockside hotel on Rockhouse Station to the berth of her new command convinced that she looked like an idiot.
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